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The United Nations adopts a new political declaration to support the response to AIDS


The United Nations General Assembly adopted a new political declaration, aimed at guiding the future direction of the response to HIV/AIDS, during a high-level meeting.


According to the United Nations Information Center, the declaration was adopted by 165 votes, while four countries voted against it, including the Russian Federation, objecting to the text of the declaration, which prevented its adoption in the traditional way by consensus.


According to the statement of the General Assembly, during three days (from 8 to 10 June), leaders of countries and decision-makers at the highest levels, those on the front lines of the AIDS response, representatives from civil society, academics and youth, will meet to review progress made in reducing the impact of HIV. humanity since the last high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on HIV and AIDS in 2016.


The statement indicated that the meeting comes at a historic moment for the AIDS response, 40 years after the first cases of HIV appeared, and 25 years since the establishment of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.


General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said great strides have been made since the first AIDS case was reported four decades ago, and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 61 per cent since their peak in 2004.


Volkan Bozkir noted that since the high-level meeting in 2016, dozens of countries have achieved - or exceeded - the goals set to accelerate the response to AIDS and accelerate progress towards ending the AIDS pandemic, and warned that the global goals set five years ago have not been achieved, due to Lack of investment.


In his speech, the President of the General Assembly emphasized that during the past year, half of the people infected with HIV around the world were women and girls: six out of every seven new cases of infection were among young people (15-19 years) in sub-Saharan Africa. Sahara desert - from girls.


Volkan Bozkir called for urgent measures to be taken to ensure equal access to treatment "if we are to prevent 12 million people - now living with HIV - from dying of AIDS-related causes", warning of continued stigma and discrimination "which increases the isolation of Really important."


In turn, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, called for unity and combating inequality in order to reach the goal of ending the AIDS pandemic by 2030, noting the importance of developing a global assistance strategy to end AIDS.

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